Chinese destroyer Harbin was designated as the command ship and Yang Junfei, deputy chief of the Beihai Fleet, as the exercise commander. The exercises were aimed at enhancing mutual understanding, trust and friendship among maritime forces and promoting their cooperation in safeguarding maritime security to better respond to emergencies.
This is the second time Shivalik visited a Chinese port. Last year, it visited Shanghai along with three other Indian ships on a goodwill visit. Over 1,500 people, including 400 Chinese naval cadets, visited the Shivalik when it was opened for public Tuesday. Indian Ambassador to China Ashok K Kantha also held a reception on its deck. (PTI)